Qld government convenes violence prevention roundtable in Longreach

By Melissa Coade

Monday May 3, 2021

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (AAP Image/Darren England)

The Queensland government has announced it will use an opportunity while the cabinet sits in Longreach to meet with community stakeholders to discuss violence prevention.

The roundtable in Longreach will coincide with Domestic and Family Violence prevention month. 

The Queensland government is using the month of May to promote partnerships and collaborations across the community that are focused on preventing and responding to domestic and family violence.

Shannon Fentiman, the state minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, stressed the importance of all individuals playing their part to achieve long term change.

“Sadly, during COVID-19 we saw an increase in domestic and family violence incidents with almost one in 10 Australian women in a relationship experiencing and one-third of those saying it started or became worse,” Ms Fentiman said.

“And with the recent tragedies on the Gold Coast we were reminded once again how violence against women doesn’t just impact on the victim’s family and friends, it affects the whole community.”

According to the Counting Dead Women Australia register, there have been 11 women who were victims of fatal violence in Australia by April 23, 2021.

Last month the Queensland Police announced an internal review was underway to understand why a woman who contacted police twice in the weeks before her murder was not adequately protected.

Gold Coast woman Kelly Wilkinson was allegedly killed by her former partner Brian Earl Johnston in her backyard while her three children were inside the home. 

“Recent events remind us that domestic and family violence is a shameful mark on our society, not just here in Queensland, but across the nation,” Ms Fentiman said.

“That is why as a government we take our commitment to addressing it head on very seriously.”

A Women’s Safety Justice Taskforce has been established by the Queensland government and is inviting public submissions from survivors, their families, support workers and the broader community. 

Other government-supported initiatives to mark Domestic and Family Violence prevention month include candlelight vigils to remember victims of domestic and family violence, and an LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day on May 28.

“Together we can send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated, in our homes, workplaces or communities,” Ms Fentiman said.


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